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Zaheer Khan Biography: Age, Wife, Stats, Family, IPL

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Zaheer Khan is a former Indian cricketer and a legendary fast bowler. He is among the very best to have held the ball for the Men in Blue in all 3 formats of the game. Zaheer Khan was one of the very few left-arm pacers in the Indian side to end his career as one of the greatest new-ball bowlers of all-time. He was indeed an invaluable asset for the Indian side starving for fast-bowling talent in the early 2000s.

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Zaheer was a great red ball-bowler who was equally talented with the white ball. In fact, Zaheer remains the joint second-highest wicket-taker among the Indian fast bowlers in Test cricket, behind only the legendary Kapil Dev. A World Cup hero and big-time match-winner, Zaheer Khan, made it to the top fighting through all the struggles with perseverance. Here’s a detailed Zaheer Khan Biography dignifying his service to the nation till now.

Zaheer Khan Biography

Personal information
Born 8 October 1978 (age 45)
Shrirampur, Maharashtra, India
Nickname Zak, Zippy, Zakky
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Left-Arm Fast Medium
Role Bowler
International information
National side

India (2000–2014)

Test debut 10 November 2000 v Bangladesh
Last Test 14 February 2014 v New Zealand
ODI debut 3 October 2000 v Kenya
Last ODI 4 August 2012 v Sri Lanka
ODI shirt no. 34
T20I debut 1 December 2006 v South Africa
Last T20I 2 October 2012 v South Africa
Domestic Career
Years Team
1999–2006 Baroda
2004 Surrey
2006 Worcestershire
2006–2014 Mumbai
2008, 2011–2013 Royal Challengers Bangalore
2009–2010, 2014 Mumbai Indians
2015–2017 Delhi Daredevils

Early Life

Zahir Khan Childhood | KreedOn
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Zaheer was born on 7 October 1978 in Shrirampur in Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra to Bakhtiyar and Zakia Khan. He played in the local Revenue Colony Cricket Club (RCC) in Shrirampur after which he started his career in Pune. In 1996, Zaheer came to Mumbai where he used to stay in a small room in a hospital. He trained in the National Cricket Camp under veteran coach Sudhir Naik and participated in the Kanga Cricket League, Comrade Shield and the Purshottam Shield with the Division A team. Naik also helped Zaheer with a job in Textile mill with a Rs 5000 salary to help with his daily needs. Meanwhile, he also played tennis ball cricket in his leisure time.

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Following his consistent match-winning performances with the bowl, Zaheer was sent to MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai for better training and recognition. Impressed by Zaheer’s talent, T A Shekhar, the bowling coach at MRF academy, pushed Zaheer into the Baroda Team. Zaheer continued with his magical run in the cricket with Baroda, helping them lift the Ranji Trophy after 43 years. He was the Man of the Match in the 2000-01 Finals 13 wickets in the match. Meanwhile, he had already made his debut for the national team in 2000.    


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International Career and IPL

Test Career

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Source: Livemint

Zaheer made his international Test debut against Bangladesh in November of 2000. He scalped 2 in the first innings while adding 1 in the second.

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Nonetheless, Zaheer showed his excellence swinging the ball both ways and bowling consistently in the right areas with the new bowl. His pace and control impressed everyone at the top including captain Sourav Ganguly. He knew that Zaheer could be India’s solution to replacement for Sreenath who was heading to late 30s.

Zaheer ended his career with 311 test wickets, behind only Kapil Dev to become the second most successful Indian fast bowler in test cricket. Zaheer also held the record of highest score by a number 11 batsman once, scoring 75 in 133 runs stand with Sachin Tendulkar against Bangladesh in 2004.

ODI Career 

Zaheer ODI | kreedon
Source: India Today

Zaheer Khan made his ODI debut in the same year against Kenya in the ICC Knockout Trophy 2000. With Ashish Nehra and Srinath, Zaheer formed India’s first pace arsenal going in the 2003 ICC World Cup. Zaheer registered some great spells with the other 2 in the previous series and group stage matches of the tournament. But it all came crashing down in the Finals against Australia. Zaheer engaged in a verbal spat with the Australian opener Matthew Hayden and ended up as the most expensive Indian bowler conceding 67 runs in the 7 wicketless overs. This triggered his fall as injuries ruined his form and fitness. Zaheer was inconsistent in the Indian side till 2006. 

His redemption to the Indian side came after he showcased splendid form and better fitness in the English county cricket. He gained his position back in the side and continued to dominate for the better part of the decade. But it was the big stage again where Zaheer had a lot to prove. Zaheer did not disappoint this time as he led the Indian bowling with 21 wickets becoming the joint highest wicket-taker of the tournament along with Shahid Afridi.

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T-20I Career

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Source: Cricket Country

Zaheer’s T20 career began against South Africa in 2006. It was a short-lived career as he scalped 17 wickets in 17 matches, he played for the men in blue.

IPL Career of Zaheer Khan

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Zaheer Khan’s IPL career began with RCB in 2008 following his return to the franchise in 2011 after spending 2 years with MI. In 2014, he was again signed by Mumbai Indians. He remains a part of the Delhi franchise as a mentor after playing for the side for 3 years since 2015.


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Career Stats: Zaheer Khan

Batting Stats

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
Test 92 127 24 1231 75 11.95 2381 51.70 3 141 28
ODI 200 101 35 792 34* 12.00 1078 73.46 69 24
T20I 17 4 2 13 9 6.50 10 130 0 1
IPL 100 32 18 117 23 8.36 141 82.98 11 2

Bowling Stats

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
Test 92 165 18785 10247 311 7/87 10/149 3.27 32.95 60.4 11 1
ODI 200 197 10097 8301 282 5/42 5/42 4.93 29.44 35.8 1
T20I 17 17 352 448 17 4/19 4/19 7.64 26.35 20.71
IPL 100 99 2200 2782 102 4/17 4/17 7.59 27.27 21.57

Retirement and coaching career of Zaheer Khan

Zaheer Khan | KreedOn
Source: Twitter

Zaheer Khan retired from all formats in international on 15 October 2015. He announced the same with a tweet saying, “I bid adieu to my career in international cricket. I look forward to signing off with IPL 9.” In 2017, Zaheer Khan was appointed as the bowling consultant of Indian Cricket to help groom talents like Jasprit Bumrah. From what we’ve seen till now from Bumrah, he has done a pretty good job, to say the least.

Zaheer Khan: Married Life

Personal life zaheer khan kreedon
Credits: Twitter

On 24th April 2017, Zaheer announced his engagement with the famous Chak De India actress, Sagarika Ghatge. The couple got married later in the year on 23 November followed by a grand reception on 27 November in Mumbai. Sagarika Ghatge, the wife of Zaheer Khan is an Indian actress and a model.

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Raghav Heda
Raghav Heda
Raghav is a sports enthusiast and a content writer at Kreedon. Being a former state-level cricketer and Captain of the Basketball team at IIT Patna, he understands the problems faced by a student-athlete in India. He is also a die-hard NBA fan and has been following the league and American Sports Media for long. Comparing the Indian sports economy to American Sports' was something that motivated him to work for the development of Indian Sports.

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